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Denver Mineral Shows 2019

Last Updated: 15th Sep 2019

By Jolyon Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.





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I'm back in Denver for a quick weekend visit to the mineral shows as a minor detour on a longer work trip. Today is already the last day of two shows so I'll try to show what's going on.



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Fabulous water clear fluorite on calcite from China, Pala International specimen



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Duftite on Calcite from Tsumeb, Pala specimen



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Amazing wulfenite from M'Fouati. Fine Minerals International specimen



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How about this for a Red Cloud wulfenite



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Erythrite on Karibibite from Mibladen, Morocco. Fine Minerals International specimen



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Les Farges pyromorphite, Crystal Classics specimen



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Proustite! Crystal Classics



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More proustite



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Proustite!!! All Crystal Classics of course.



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Malkhan tourmaline, Collectors Edge



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Huge Elbaite with smoky quartz and lepidolite



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Rose Quartz, Coronel Murta, Brazil. Saphira Minerals



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Wessels hematite from South Africa



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Old Russian corundum from the Polar Urals. Mineral Classics.



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Bisbee Malachite, Unique Minerals this specimen was $300 in 1909!



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Blister copper style chalcopyrite some on cubanite from China. Arkenstone specimen



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With my impeccable timing i am at the Crowne Plaza show an hour before it shuts



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40 minutes to run around



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Calcite and marcasite from Iowa!!! Linwood Mine. Minerals Plus specimen.



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Another piece



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Quick stop at the Coliseum show.



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Wandering through the tents



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Crossed over the road to the Western Complex arena



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ARC Fine Minerals Cerussite



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Now I'm at the main show in the Mart. This year's theme is minerals of Canada.



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Canadian minerals from the collection of George Thompson.



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And from the ROM



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Cubanite



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Vivianite



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Coming in late I missed the incredible frenzy at Enchanted Minerals when they sold an incredible find of Pecos Diamonds (quartz) from New Mexico. A queue built up before opening on Friday morning and collectors were allowed in five at a time and a limit of three pieces per collector. One prominent calcite collector became so excited that he momentarily forgot his position in the queue.



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They do still have fabulous Halite in Sylvite specimens like this, from Kerr McGee mine, New Mexico



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Minerals of Ontario and Quebec, American Museum of Natural History



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Big zircon



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Canadian Minerals from the Marty Zinn collection



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Cincinnati Museum display of Calcite and Quartz colouration



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Green calcite from Garfield Co., Utah



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Rod & Helen Tyson collection of Canadian minerals



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Sperrylite



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Linarite and Caledonite



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Very gemmy apatite



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Polybasite



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Serandite



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Canadian Museum of Nature



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Harvard



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Gold



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Proustite



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New Mexico Tech display of Mont Saint-Hilaire pseudomorphs



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Birnessite



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Cryolite ps Leifite with Albite





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Discuss this Article

14th Sep 2019 20:19 BSTJohan Kjellman Expert

erythrite Mibladen? no way!

15th Sep 2019 21:33 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

Of course it's wrong! I'll blame jetlag for not catching it out. Obviously Bou Azzer, but it was labelled as Mibladen! 

15th Sep 2019 00:06 BSTGareth Evans

All beautiful minerals, too costly for my meagre retirement budget!!I guess I will just have to keep collecting elements!

15th Sep 2019 03:23 BSTSteve Hardinger Expert

There are plenty of affordable minerals at the various Denver shows. I avoided the Fine Mineral Show and after three days I am going home with a car full of bargains, many for resale and some for me.

15th Sep 2019 14:11 BSTEd Clopton Expert

The "blister copper" looks at first glance like clusters of taconite pellets from an ore dock in Minnesota or Michigan!

And I have to be proud of the fine calcite specimens from the Linwood mine, 25 miles or so from where I grew up in Iowa 40-50 years ago.   Who knew?  I certainly didn't back then, but neither did anybody else.

15th Sep 2019 22:19 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

The "blister copper" looks at first glance like clusters of taconite pellets from an ore dock in Minnesota or Michigan!

We looked at several of these in Dallas during the Symposium, Ed. They look almost unreal in person, but you can see that these are not taconite, nor do they look fake/carved. There is a great writeup on these from Rob that can be found here:

16th Sep 2019 01:19 BSTEd Clopton Expert

Of course I wasn't suggesting that they actually are taconite--should have put a little ;-) thing after it.

Would love to get to a big show again some day, even just to see the exhibits.

16th Sep 2019 02:10 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

These things are a step beyond but formed the same way as the famous blister copper specimens from Cornwall, etc. 

17th Sep 2019 01:34 BSTKevin Conroy Expert

Next year the theme for the Denver show is fluorite, and I'm sure that the cases will be well worth the trip to the show.

By the way, the theme for the upcoming Tucson show is World Class Minerals.   Imagine the "eye candy" that will be on display!

18th Sep 2019 14:51 BSTRudy Bolona Expert

When will the theme for the Denver show be Samarskite?

18th Sep 2019 17:33 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

After Smectite!

18th Sep 2019 02:21 BSTMatt Courville

awesome display from George Thompson - so much variety of shapes and not just the usual colorful stuff from a handful of sites. 

18th Sep 2019 03:19 BSTKevin Conroy Expert

The Niobec Mine baryte was REALLY impressive in person!

18th Sep 2019 15:01 BSTTony L. Potucek Expert

Two minerals to take home in the fantasy world for me:  George Thompson's catapleite and the Tyson's cubanite (exceptional single crystal in the front row of case).  Both exhibits were wonderful, as was NM Tech's display of St. Hilaire's pseudomorphs.

18th Sep 2019 15:08 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

I wouldn't expect anything less from Virgil, Kelsey, and NM Tech. 
 
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